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The Middle Temple Murder Kindle Edition
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It is set in and around Middle Temple in 1912 and starts with the discovery of a recently-killed body in Middle Temple Lane. By chance journalist Frank Spargo, the novel's main protagonist, happens upon the scene almost immediately after the body is discovered, and accompanies Detective Sergeant Rathbury throughout his early investigations. There is no indication as to the identity of the corpse, whose pockets are completely empty apart from a scrap of paper bearing the names and chambers address of an aspiring young barrister. An intriguing investigations ensues, embroiling a prominent M.P., two renowned philatelists and the leading burghers of a small West Country market town.
As might be expected of a novel written in 1919 there is very little emphasis on graphic violence, and everything is conducted with an almost eerie courtesy.
Similarly, although Spargo writes for a sensationalist newspaper, The Watchman, he is trusted without qualification by the police and allowed access to the mortuary and to every stage of the investigative process.
Very eloquently written and thoroughly engrossing - I am surprised that the name of Joseph Smith Fletcher has fallen into such obscurity.
Written in 1919, the language is somewhat dated and includes words long since lost to the English language but the storyline is worthy of any modern detective plot. A thoroughly enjoyable read!
I particulary enjoyed the unusual surnames and the olde worlde civilities. I also learned a number of new words e.g. "obverse". Great stuff.
The story line was a little contrived and the characters thinly drawn but there was quite some atmospheric writing which was not overdone - such as the scene in the Yorkshire pub (quaint and moody) and the travellers journey over the moor lands in the dead of night.
The book ended quite suddenly as the murderer was revealed abruptly - it was as if the author had run out of words and needed to get it over with.
But I enjoyed the book and will read more of this author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Found this free and decided to give it a try. It's a bit Sherlock Holmes style but then I enjoy those books so will try another by this authorPublished 12 days ago by John Little
Different type of story clearly written a number of years ago, but nice to read.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
A treasure that has been hidden from view,written with a lovely style,I think it would make a fantastic film.Published 10 months ago by Bobad
I found this a great read. The different twists in the plot kept me guessing,and I really enjoyed the book. I was really puzzled as to what the answers were, until near the end.Published 15 months ago by L. Maskell